CHOOSING TO PLEASE GOD- Chapter 10 of Shofar eBook
Posted by Shofar/Liz
To all of you who have been reading these chapters from ‘Sounding the Shofar- Exhortations for the End Times’ – THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CHAPTER OF THE eBOOK!
It is my prayer that God has blessed you and will continue to have His Hand upon your life. Please review the chapters on the importance of KNOWING GOD’S WORD and OBEYING IT- Chapter 2 ‘Pleasing God’, and Chapter 3 ‘The Power of God’s Word’ so that “we may LIVE, that things will go WELL in our life, so that we will have a LONG LIFE!” (Deut 6:18)
There is one final chapter to go, Chapter 11 ‘THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE’. Beginning next year 2013, I hope to continue sharing with you from an unpublished manuscript, ‘Sounding the Shofar- The Enemy in Our Midst’. It will help you to learn to recognize the strategies and devices of the enemy so you can resist him and not let him rob you of your faith in God and steal away your blessings.
CHAPTER 10 CHOOSING TO PLEASE GOD
MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE TO BE A FRIEND OF GOD
It is a serious matter to choose WHO we will be friends with because “being the world’s friend is being God’s enemy” (James 4:4 AMP).
“. . .a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. (James 2:24 NIV)
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:26b, KJV).
We need to,
“. . . be doers of the Word [obey the message]; and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]” (James 1:22, AMP).
A friend of God is one whose actions reflect his beliefs; he obeys God; he seeks to please God. Jesus said,
“You are My friends if you keep on doing the things which I command you to do”. (John 15:14 AMP)
WE HAVE A HELPER AND TEACHER- THE HOLY SPIRIT
Do we ever ask God to reveal His Word and His Ways to us? He has given us the Holy Spirit to teach us, so all we have to do is ASK our teacher. There are many scriptures in Ps 119 where David prayed,
“teach me, O LORD”, “teach me thy statutes”, “quicken me according to thy Word” (vs 26,33,40); “make me to understand so I can testify of you” (vs 27); “give me understanding and I shall keep thy law” (vs 34).
What God’s Word did for David is that it “made me wiser than mine enemies” (vs 98), and gave him “more understanding than all my teachers” because he meditated on God’s testimonies and kept His precepts (vs 99-100). God’s Word gave him direction and guidance and will help us also,
“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (vs 105).
As we meditate on God’s Word, the Holy Spirit will teach us how to do God’s will and God will be able to fulfill His plan and purpose for our lives.
Before Jesus went to heaven, He said He would send another friend who would our helper and mentor. This friend would continue Jesus’ work and teach us God’s Word:
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. (John 14:16-19)
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall TEACH you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26).
The Holy Spirit is our teacher and guide to show us what GOD is saying, what God wants us to understand in the scriptures, and what He wants us to apply to our lives.
Do you have the Holy Spirit to teach you? Luke 11:13 states “how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ASK HIM?” If you need more joy and love for personal Bible study, or if you don’t always understand what you read, you need to hook up with your teacher and mentor, the Holy Spirit! He is at your beck and call!
WWJD- WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?
When faced with a decision to make we should ask ourselves, WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? The answer is found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. JESUS DID THE WILL OF HIS FATHER; JESUS PLEASED GOD!
John 8:29 states,
“And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please Him.”
We have a choice of who to follow; we can do things our way, the world’s way, or God’s way. Jesus said,
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27)
“If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.” (John 12:26).
In Paul’s epistles he exhorted us to please God by our obedience. He stated,
“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ” (Gal 1:10).
3 John 11 tells,
“Beloved follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.”
If we want things to go well with us, we need to take heed to Moses’ words,
“Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the Lord thy God” (Deut 12:28).
ACCEPTING GOD’S PEACE
Will there be peace on earth? Will the present civil unrest and social revolution in America accomplish anything positive and bring us closer to having peace on earth?
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
In 2 Thess 3:16, Paul said,
“Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.”
From these two verses we see that there is a peace that comes only from Jesus; He is the Lord of peace. One of His titles is Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) when Jesus will establish His peaceful millennial kingdom on earth. For now while we are living amidst world problems and social upheaval, we can know and experience peace that comes from God, as Paul states:
“And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Jesus Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 AMP)
With all that said, it means that the kind of peace we can hope for can only come from God alone. The King James Version says it simply,
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 4:7)
Paul, while imprisoned for preaching writes his letters/epistles to encourage the saints:
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” (Col 3:15)
Our hope is in God who is present with us. He will get us through adverse situations, conditions and circumstances; it will not come from within us or outside of us, but it is GOD’S PEACE that will sustain us through the coming days as we pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Jesus said that we could know peace through Him. John 16:33 tells,
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Tribulation, afflictions, persecutions, wars, oppressions, devastations from natural disasters, calamities, social upheavals and the like affect people everywhere, of all ages and races. There is no escaping of hard times and distresses upon every nation and people as we have seen in recent news.
WWJD- What would Jesus do and say whether Christians should participate in Occupy Wall Street protests? NO WAY!
What do you see in the word ‘demonstrations’ that were intended to be peaceful, but have ended up in riots and bloodshed recently in Oakland, California? It is Satan’s hand that is seen in ‘DEMONStrations’ of this sort to do his job which is to “steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10).
God is our Comforter and He uses us to comfort others.
“Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God” (2 Cor 1:4).
Romans 12:12 tells us that we should:
“Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.” (AMP)
Our faith in God and trust in Him will help us get through troubled times and all circumstances; God will hear our prayers and deliver us from evil. Zechariah 4:6 states,
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”
RESTING IN GOD
The Bible mentions a rest coming to God’s people which we cannot do on our own, but with God’s help.
“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest. . .” (Heb 4:9-10)
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28).
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